A plain-language explaination of some class action settlement pitfalls

For reasons we've discussed many times before, class actions are important and powerful tools for holding bad actors accountable. But sometimes the settlements they produce aren't as beneficial to class members as one would hope.

For an useful and accessible discussion of the types of problems that can arise in some class action settlements, check out this pro se objection to a class action settlement involving a product called Muscle Milk. Focus on the four-page introduction, which explains the case by way of a hypothetical dialogue that gets straight to the point. The brief's author is a student at Georgetown Law School.

To be clear, I don't know enough about the case to say whether this particular settlement as a whole is good or bad. But the objection raises some important questions.